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December 4, 2011
Richmond High School

For the second time this week, Richmond's boys swim team went down to the wire.

And this time, the Red Devils did what needed to be done to make it a perfect day in Tiano Pool.

Richmond swept the boys and girls meets from both visiting Kokomo and Huntington North on Saturday afternoon as the Red Devils competed for the third time this week.

Richmond downed Kokomo 52-49 and Huntington 82-17 in the boys meet, and stopped the Wildkats 73-29 and the Vikings 76-26 in the girls meet.

"All of our kids swam really well today," said RHS coach Jennifer Ahaus. "It was a fun Saturday. A good way to spend the day, beating two conference opponents."

A good way to end the day, too, as Richmond's quartet of Avery Irwin, Sam Rutledge, Matt Holt and John Young got the needed points in the boys 400 free relay to edge Kokomo.

Richmond finished second in that race, but it was the only relay -- boys or girls -- the Red Devils didn't win Saturday.

Erin Ingram, Emily Jones, Rebecca Jones and Kristen Beck won the girls 200 medley relay for RHS, while Mitchell Ahaus, Nick Williams, Young and Ben van der Merwe did the same on the boys side.

The quartets of Ingram, Emily Jones, Nina McLarnen and Alaina Keene and Williams, Rutledge, Ahaus and Holt won the 200 free relays.

Keene, Rebecca Jones, Natalie Jones and Beck also won the 400 free relay.

"We had to swim some smart races and they did," coach Ahaus said.

RHS needed to finish second or better in the boys 200 free relay to nip Kokomo

A similar situation occurred during Thursday's meet at Pendleton Heights.

"It's nerve-wracking, but it's also giving them a sense of confidence and a sense of never quit," Ahaus said. "Each point matters and each race matters. That's critical when you go to the big meets."

Keene won both the 100 and 200 free races, while Beck (200 IM), Sarah Sheridan (diving) and McLarnen (500 free) also won individual events for the Red Devils during the girls meet.

For the boys, Young won the 100 fly and 500 free, while Williams was first in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke. Holt (200 free), van der Merwe (50 free) and Ahaus (100 free) also won for the Red Devils.

"They're coming together. People are stepping up," coach Ahaus said. " ... They're not just doing it to win, they're doing it for each other. I think when it comes down to it, that's more important than anything."

Richmond competed both Tuesday and Thursday on the road this week at New Castle and Pendleton Heights, respectively.

The Red Devils have two more road trips ahead of them as they travel to Connersville and Noblesville in the coming week.

"We actually have five meets in 11 days," Ahaus said. " It's a really tough meet stretch for us, but they're rallying and they're swimming really well. They're coming together as a team and that's important right now heading into Christmas break training."

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